Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase Announced

Today Republic Live, organizers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, announced their annual Emerging Artist Showcase, presented by SiriusXM Canada.  All emerging Canadian country artists (excluding Quebec) 12 years of age and older are encouraged to upload a video performance for a chance to participate as one of 8 finalists in the competition which takes place at Boots and Hearts August 6 – 9th, 2015 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.  Last year just under 250 artists submitted to perform as part of the showcase and previous contestants include Tim Hicks, 2012, Tebey, 2012 winner, The Reklaws, winner, 2013 and Trinity Bradshaw, winner, 2014.   The 2015 winner will go on to perform on the Main Stage at Boots and Hearts 2015 on Sunday, August 9th, before Thomas Rhett and win a release with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  The competition is now open at and will run until April 1st, at 11:59 pm EST.

“As one of the pillars of Boots and Hearts, we are so pleased to continue to partner with Sirius XM Canada to be able to provide a platform for up and coming Canadian talent with the Emerging Artist Showcase,” said Shannon McNevan, Executive Director, Republic Live.  “Some of our previous contestants have gone on to great careers in country music, and many have been booked to perform not just at our festival, but on tour supporting a number of international artists.  Since our very first year, we’ve seen some amazing talent come through this showcase and we are fortunate to have partners like Sirius XM Canada that prioritize the development of homegrown talent and can provide them with a forum like satellite radio to be discovered by fans. This is an amazing opportunity for any artist to hone their craft in working with a label like Universal Music Canada to develop and release a single, and to perform at Canada’s largest country music festival will give them an experience they will never forget.”

The Emerging Artist Showcase will take place at Boots and Hearts Music Festival, August 6th – 9th, at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.   Entries are open to bands and solo artists with prizing that includes a performance on Sunday August 9th on the main stage at Boots and Hearts 2015 prior to Thomas Rhett,  a single release in Canada through Universal Music Canada, and an opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at Boots and Hearts 2016.  Full competition details are available at

Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event run by Republic Live, and will take place at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, in Oro-Medonte Ontario August 6 – 9 in 2015. This year’s headliners include Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line as well as artists Justin Moore, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, High Valley, Frankie Ballard, David Nail, Maddie & Tae, Canaan Smith, Kira Isabella, The Stellas with Lennon and Maisy, Mackenzie Porter, Dylan Scott, Small Town Pistols, Wes Mack, Trinity Bradshaw, The Lovelocks, Leah Daniels, Ty Baynton, Kaitlin Kozell, Them Dang Rattlers, Genevieve Fisher, Melissa Payne, Jesse Labelle, Kate Suhr, and Abby Stewart.  Boots and Hearts recently won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award and continues to receive accolades from Canadian Music Week.  All tickets and camping offerings are currently available at